Raleigh-Cary Section 5310 Call for Projects March 1 - March 29, 2019

GoRaleigh and the Capital Area Planning Organization (CAMPO) are pleased to announce the 2019 Call for Projects for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (49 USC Section 5310), or Section 5310 Program, for the Raleigh-Cary urbanized area. The Section 5310 Program provides funding to assist non-profit organizations, private operators, and public agencies providing coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

The 2019 Call for Projects will provide funding for eligible applicants for projects that are scheduled to occur within a two-year period from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021. Interested applicants should review the Call for Projects and Application Package. Applications can be submitted online, or by using an alternative paper-based application process described below. The deadline for application submittals is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019.

2019 Funding Increased!

On March 13, 2019, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released funding amounts for next year's Section 5310 grants. The total amount avaialble to grantees for the 2019 cycle has been updated to $1,289,618.

Resources for this year's program include:

Online Application - Preferred submission method. Simply click on the link and fill in the form once you have your application text ready.

Paper-based Application - Download and complete a copy of the application. Mail completed applications to: Janice Copeland, City of Raleigh, Transit-Transportation Services, 4104 Poole Road, Raleigh, NC 27610. Mailed applications should be delivered in an electronic format on a CD or USB flash drive. Applications can be completed either as a Microsoft Word document or scanned PDF.

Grant Application Workshop - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, GoRaleigh Maintenance and Operations Facility, Training Room 123, First Floor, 4104 Poole Road, Raleigh, NC, 27610.

A recorded presentation describing the program and application process will be available online through the Call for Projects. The content of the recorded presentation will be the same as the presentation given at the grant workshop.

Section 5310 Program and Eligibility Requirements

Section 5310 funds are available for capital and operating expenses to support the provision of transportation services to meet the specific needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities. Requirements are detailed in the 5310 Program Management Plan. All projects must either be situated in the Raleigh-Cary Urbanized Area or may originate in a rural area but must have the final destination situated in an urbanized area within the region to qualify for Section 5310 Urbanized Area funds.

At least 55 percent of any rural, small urbanized area, or large urbanized area’s annual apportionment must be utilized for public transportation capital projects that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the specific needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities. It is not sufficient that elderly persons and persons with disabilities are merely included (or assumed to be included) among the people who will benefit from the project.

Eligible projects for the required 55 percent of capital projects include the capital cost of contracting for the provision of transit services for elderly persons and persons with disabilities and other specialized shared-ride transportation services. The purchase of rolling stock for or the acquisition of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service are eligible capital expenses that may also qualify as public transportation capital projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the specific needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, unavailable, or inappropriate, provided the projects are carried out by eligible subrecipients and these projects are included in the area’s Locally Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.

In addition to the above required capital projects, up to 45 percent of an area’s apportionment may be utilized for additional public transportation projects that:

a. Exceed the ADA minimum requirements,

b. Improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance by persons with disabilities on ADA-complementary paratransit service, or

c. Provide alternatives to public transportation that assist elderly persons and persons with disabilities with transportation.

Such projects must be targeted toward meeting the transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities, although they may be used by the general public. It is not sufficient that elderly persons and persons with disabilities are included (or assumed to be included) among the people who will benefit from the project. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) encourages projects that are open to the public as a means of avoiding unnecessary segregation of services.

Recipients must clearly identify the projects that are part of the required 55 percent capital projects as part of the grant activity line item narrative descriptions. Many projects may be eligible under both the required and optional criteria, but a discrete set of projects that meet the required criteria constituting at least 55 percent of the grant amount, exclusive of administrative expenses, must be identified. Alternatively, the grant application may assign less than the required 55 percent to such projects if other grants in the same fiscal year utilize more than the required 55 percent, so long as at least 55 percent of the total annual apportionment will be used for required projects. In such cases, a list of the other grants and the funding amounts must be included within the new grant application.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Janice Copeland

Fiscal Analyst

City of Raleigh

Department of Transportation – Transit  

PO Box 590

Raleigh, NC 27602

(o) 919-996-5009

janice.copeland@raleighnc.gov

Applications can be completed either as a Microsoft Word Document or a scanned PDF.

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